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Download The Elephant Keepers' Children Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Elephant Keepers Children (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Peter Hoeg
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (557 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Hoeg Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN:
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Told from the perspective of precocious 14-year-old Peter, The Elephant Keepers' Children is about three siblings and how they deal with life alongside their eccentric parents. Peter's father is a vicar, his mother an artisan, and both are equally and profoundly devout. The family lives on the fictional island of Finø, where people of all faiths coexist peacefully. Yet nothing is at it seems.

When Peter's parents suddenly go missing, Peter and his siblings fear the worst - has their parents' relentless quest to boost church attendance finally put them in danger?

Told with poignancy and humor, The Elephant Keepers' Children is a fascinating exploration of fundamentalism versus spiritual freedom, the vicissitudes of romantic and familial love, and the triumph of the human spirit.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ka Carlson | 2/19/2014

    " A grown up book written in a Lemony Snicket voice. A bit of farce, some magic, some intrigue. Wes Anderson should make the movie version. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 2/19/2014

    " Abandoned ship 7/8ths of the way through. I wanted it to be better than it was. In the end, I couldn't justify giving it a 300th chance. It's confusing, absurd, and in the end, kinda dumb .... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justen | 2/9/2014

    " Charming and delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/13/2014

    " Finding this one very hard to get into. I love Scandanavian writers - I just wonder if the translation isn't working. There are some hilarious parts, but then I lose interest and pick up another book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 12/31/2013

    " The story started slow and the crazy names were distracting, but halfway through I was laughing out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy Leslie | 12/29/2013

    " One of my all time favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy Hager | 12/15/2013

    " Quirky but multi-layered "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison Farnsworth | 11/16/2013

    " I LOVE the idea of what an Elephant Keeper is and that is why I gave it 3 stars. The story was confusing. I wanted to finish it, but finally gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Djamila | 11/2/2013

    " A crazy enjoyable book that is very hard to describe except to say I often found myself smiling while reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 8/25/2013

    " I enjoyed the suspense in this novel. The narrator, dear young precocious Petrus, was tons of fun. The end dragged a bit, but overall a smart and entertaining read. I also appreciatted the elephant metaphor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanja Korvenmaa | 6/14/2013

    " Adventorous transition to adulthood. Mystery. Waking through the doors, when there is none. I love the way Hoeg fluidly transforms the scenes over and over again. Couldn't stop reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina Bergherm | 6/3/2013

    " Excellent and very entertaining! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Tromp | 6/2/2013

    " Zelden een boek zo mooi gevonden om het einde van het boek. Heeft me geraakt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/25/2013

    " Review soon. This book was far too much of an investment not to comment on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 12/12/2012

    " Quirky and fast-paced, this book's foundation is philosophical, which slows the action/story down in some places. Earns a high 3 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/21/2012

    " I have no idea what I just read or why I stuck with this book. I just didn't get it. "

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About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered twenty-two Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.